If you’re studying the Middle Ages and Renaissance with your kids, this booklist is for you. It’s a short list of delightful picture book read-alouds for the whole family.

At Read-Aloud Revival, we believe that picture books are worthwhile for everyone. They’re an art gallery in your lap, paired with exquisite text that leaves you richer for the reading experience. That’s why this entire list is comprised of picture books!

Another benefit:

if you happen to be short on time, committing to reading aloud from a picture book is less of a commitment than a novel or chapter book.

Your older kids are likely to enjoy these books every bit as much as your younger ones. And I bet you’ll learn a thing or two, as you’re reading along!

If you have older kids…

you’ll especially enjoy the books on this list written by Diane Stanley:

Diane Stanley’s picture books contain longer, more detailed text, making them excellent choices for older listeners.

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Books for the Middle Ages:

Middle Ages
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
A Medieval Feast
Brother Hugo and the Bear
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica
Chanticleer and the Fox
Joan of Arc
Saint Francis of Assisi
The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur
Saint George and the Dragon
The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
Francis Woke Up Early
The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry
Joan of Arc

Books for the Renaissance:

William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
The Clown of God
I, Galileo
Pippo the Fool (Junior Library Guild Selection)
Marguerite Makes a Book
Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England

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